CAMX 2016: Multifunctional Materials

Aerocomposites: The move to multifunctionality

Hand layupMuch has been said about the pressing need to reduce commercial air carrier fuel costs and CO2 emissions by lightweighting aircraft through the use of composite materials. The next wave in this movement is almost certain to be multifunctional composites. What are they? Composite laminates that not only provide lightweight, load-bearing structures, but also perform additional functions, including thermal and/or electrical conductivity/storage, impact resistance, acoustic damping and, eventually, self-healing and morphing or shape-changing.More.

Preview CAMX Conference Program

One of the many things that makes the CAMX experience different from any other industry exhibition and event is its’ extensive and robust conference programming. With over 300 sessions (including 11 Featured Sessions) covering more than 100 topics, CAMX has something for the entire composites and advanced materials industry. The full listing of conference sessions is now available.

Matt Chambers, President of Design Concepts/Marine Concepts, has attended both CAMX shows and is excited for what’s new at CAMX. This year, CAMX will transition from a singular keynote speaker to “CAMX Live,” where multiple speakers will present in a “TED Talk™” format in the general session. Also, CAMX 2016 will have a wide range of new programming, including plenty of technical sessions and sessions that cover manufacturing and business issues.  All market segments are covered. This is important for Chambers’ company as it looks to expand beyond the marine market.

“To me, [CAMX is] doing the same thing that we’re doing – it has diversified.” says Chambers.

To take advantage of the entire conference program, attendees must choose a Premium (which also includes Monday Tutorials) or Full Conference registration.  Both also include all networking receptions!

This year’s Featured Sessions run the gamut of industry hot topics, covering additive manufacturing, thermoplastics and thermosets in high rate RTM processes and technologies, global market outlooks and trends, workforce development, recycling case studies and more! These sessions, delivered by high-level industry leaders and technical experts, provide cutting-edge information and applications to improve your products and processes, expand your business, and plan for the future.

In addition to a wide array of education sessions, you can attend technical paper sessions – which are 25- minute presentations accompanied by formal research papers reviewed by esteemed composites industry professionals. These presentations address critical areas to the composites and advanced materials industry from business and applications, to research perspectives.

“I think what happens … with a show like CAMX … is you get such a broad range of people researching composites [and] you draw good talent,” Chambers says.

Finally, take a look into the future during the CAMX Poster Session, which puts the work of the next generation of researchers, engineers and industry professionals on display. Posters will be displayed onsite in the Level 2 Pre-Function Lobby throughout the entire conference.

The full schedule for the Conference Program will be available online in early August, however the conference program session preview is available now.

Reserve Hotels by September 1 for the Best Rate

CAMX hotels are filling up fast! Make reservations today to take advantage of the best availability and rates. CAMX has negotiated reduced rates with various hotels, all within walking distance to the Anaheim Convention Center. Be sure to book your room through Conference Direct – the only official CAMX housing bureau. Official CAMX hotels range from $129 to $232 per night.  Visit to book today.

Announcing CAMX Live

CAMX 2016 will kick off with an exciting, new General Session format called CAMX Live, featuring a panel of innovators and industry leaders. Be inspired and elevated by these comprehensive and cutting-edge presentations, exploring the current innovation and future opportunities for our industry. Be sure to check for the latest updates about this exciting new conference program feature – open to all attendees and exhibitors!

Join the CAMX Race

Join the CAMX Race, an exciting game where students and young professionals use their mobile phones to discover new exhibitors and innovators while answering trivia questions that could be worth cash prizes up to $500 on Wednesday, September 28.  Separate registration is required. Sponsored by Polynt. Learn more here.

Free CAMX Exhibit Hall Passes Available for Past CAMX Attendees

The Exhibit Hall is almost sold out! Over 500 companies have committed to exhibit at CAMX 2016. Many exhibitors are planning manufacturing and equipment demonstrations in their booths with the latest technology – including 3D printing; product displays in automotive, wind energy, aerospace, and architecture, plus much more! Browse the floor plan and view virtual booths of companies spanning every market in the industry, with more information added each week.

Past CAMX attendees: receive your Exhibit Hall Pass for free by using the promo code: CAMXEXPA. Interested in demonstrating your own innovations? It’s not too late to reserve booth space, book now!

RSVP for a Free Breakfast for First Time CAMX Attendees!

Are you NEW to CAMX?  Join other first-timers Tuesday morning, September 27, for coffee, breakfast, and networking at the First Time Attendee Get-Togethers. Meet other first-time attendees, learn tips to help you make the most of your time in the exhibit hall and sessions, and discover all that Anaheim has to offer! Email to RSVP and CAMX will confirm your attendance in early September.